New day in Palo Alto

6:33 a.m. at 27 Uni

6:33 a.m. at 27 Uni

Janus is shifting her gaze from the winter to the spring, rebirth, what comes out of the ashes, what is around the corner now, the fourth week — my birthday week — of the new year.

An auspice, I spied the banner yet waving in the dawn’s early light, at the former Hospitality House, America’s first community center I believe, what in recent years my and my family — parents, sibs, nephews and, at times my partner (more than one, in a parade of sorts, I slightly sadly admit, before I knew Terry, more before than current, for a vagary of reasons) go to “bust some ribs” as Keena would suggest, MacArthur Park, actually a War Memorial and Monument, or six of them by my count.

Greg Schmid our vice mayor and father of another Greg Schmid my Gunn Oracle staff mate, said today is a good day to chime in on “the Comp Plan” how to enforce it for the benefit of We The People, and not let it be molded like Play-do for the special interests.

Yesterday’s jazz panel at PAHA at Lucie Stern ballroom was a huge hit, despite the modest turnout. Honcho Ralph Britton –father of a Paly ’82 to my Titensity of the same model, he says — introduced Akira Tana as a fellow Gunn alum but neglected the part about he being a football champion, to my hoops title. There are only about 100 men out of the 20,000 Gunn alumni who can claim, like Tana-san and I, that they were champions of either Football (1969, 1971) or basketball (1980, 1981, 2009).

We eulogized Gloria Brown before the hit, so I improvised an added something about my thoughts also being with Keith M. Lockhart, father of my teammate Kent Lockhart; Keith is in hospice in Marin, Kent teaches art and coaches hoops Down Under, outside Melbourne and seldom if ever flies. Coach, Jerry and I we hope helped facilitate the family reaching each other at this time of transit.

Gloria Brown, of PAHA, 1980s

Gloria Brown, of PAHA, 1980s

Meanwhile Rebecca Coupe Franks traveled nearly 10 hours, from an hour outside New York, for the event, while Mayor Karen Holman could not travel ten blocks to meet, greet or hear her. There is more truth in ten bars of Coupe’s trumpet than in a month of council and commission meetings I must sadly report.

But Karen will have a chance to atone. It’s a new day.


Buena Vista’s gotten me so upset
Downtown cap or not made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Palo Alto Goddam

Seward McCain, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Akira Tana: more truth in 90 minute PAHA jazz panel than 6 months of council and commissions here

Seward McCain, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Akira Tana: more truth in 90 minute PAHA jazz panel than 6 months of council and commissions here

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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